by Courtney Brown July 20, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Facebook Monologues - Host, photo via Dee Ahmed

A group of performers will gather in Adams Morgan tonight to act out heated Facebook discussions.

Comedian Dee Ahmed is scheduled host the performance, dubbed the “Facebook Monologues,” at Rendezvous Lounge (2226 18th St. NW) with local comedians Max Wolfson, Denise Taylor, Steven Chen and Natalie Mcgill tonight at 8 p.m.

The show revolves around some of the “funny and ridiculous” Facebook arguments Ahmed and his cohorts sometimes see on Facebook.

“A very good chunk of [the performance] is legit and verbatim comments of what people have said on Facebook,” Ahmed said.

According to the event’s Facebook page, comedians will riff on arguments centered around “everything from politics to race to who was supposed to bring the brie.”

“You get very, very random people that post something completely unrelated to politics,” Ahmed said. For instance, he said he once noticed “someone just asking for a good recipe for a chicken sandwich” in the middle of a serious political discussion on Hillary Clinton’s Facebook page.

There was also a melodramatic debate on Facebook that had “two girls arguing about whether or not someone should be friends with someone or not anymore,” Ahmed added.

Still, although the upcoming show was inspired by Facebook arguments, Ahmed explained he doesn’t get into arguments on the social media platform.

“It’s kind of ridiculous,” Ahmed said.

Photo courtesy of Dee Ahmed

by Courtney Brown July 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm 0

Icebergs (Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum)

Some Northwest D.C. residents this summer can walk through an ice field, catch a tennis match and see a Shakespeare play for free, or at least at a discounted price.

Locals who live in Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s Ward 1 can get a 20 percent discount at the Citi Open tennis tournament on Monday and free access to the National Building Museum’s “Icebergs” exhibit on Tuesday. And in August, they can get free tickets for the Shakespeare Theatre Co.’s production of “The Tempest.”

Here is the breakdown of the deals:

  • Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center (5220 15th St. NW) on Monday, July 18, at 2 p.m.
    • Enter the code “WARD1” to get the 20 percent discount
  • “Icebergs” at the National Museum (401 F St. NW) on Tuesday, July 19 from 9-11 a.m.
    • Residents must present a valid ID to prove zip code.
  • Shakespeare Theatre Co.’s The Tempest at Sidney Harmon Hall (610 F St. NW) Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m.

Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum

by Andrew Ramonas June 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Japanese crafts and games (Photo via Photo via Facebook/Japanese Embassy)The opportunity play a Japanese game and make samurai hats, cranes and other items out of paper is slated to come to Farragut Square this Friday, according to a Facebook event post.

As part of the “Farragut Fridays” event series, the Japanese Embassy plans to have a booth where passersby can try Japanese paper folding, known as origami, and test their eye and hand coordination with kendama, which is similar to the cup-and-ball game.

The crafts and games are scheduled to run from noon to 2 p.m.

Hosted by the Golden Triangle BID, Farragut Fridays has outdoor activities — such as movie screenings, puppy adoptions and music performances — every Friday from May to September.

Photo via Facebook/Japanese Embassy

by Borderstan.com June 22, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Dozens of locals have lined up to win a year’s supply of sandwiches.

Capriotti’s, the Delaware-based sub chain at 1800 M St. NW, is celebrating the company’s 40th birthday today by slinging a voucher worth 52 Bobbie sandwiches to the first 100 customers who walk through the door. The Bobbie, a sandwich made with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, is rumored to be among Vice President Joe Biden’s favorite sandwiches.

Naturally, people began lining up at the store early this morning.

“This is the tastiest chain sandwich in the world and if they want to feed one to me once a week for a year, that’s a deal I’m willing to take,” said diehard Capriotti’s fan Mark Samburg, who got in line around 4:30 a.m. “And if I get tired of it after a year there’s a lot of folks living on the streets around here who I’m sure would really appreciate a turkey sandwich.”

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by Courtney Brown June 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm 9 Comments

Water gun firing, photo via Flickr : Graham Dean(Update on Monday, July 5: This event has been cancelled, according to its Facebook event page. Bummer.)

Read our original story below:

Combatants are prepared to wage war with water on a playground near U Street next month.

More than 6,700 people have signed up to attend “the largest water gun fight D.C. has ever seen” at the Harrison Playground (1330 V St. NW) on July 9 at 1 p.m., according to a Facebook event page.

Though the water war was originally scheduled to occur at the Washington Monument, the event’s organizer, Alex Gonzalez, said the National Park Service “[wasn’t] too pleased” about hundreds of people with squirt guns year the National Monument.

No matter the location, Gonzalez said the water gun fight is meant to evoke the kind of squirt gun battles he had as a child.

“I have fond memories of the insane water gun fights I had as a kid,” Gonzalez said. “I’m just trying to recreate that magic on a bigger scale.”

Gonzalez, who also organized the snowball fight in Meridian Hill Park in January, said that he expects between 300 and 2,000 people to show up to the event.

Attendees should bring squirt guns with portable water tanks but should leave the water balloons at home, Gonzalez said.

Photo via Flickr / Graham Dean

by Courtney Brown June 20, 2016 at 10:45 am 0

(Correction: Though the block party is free to attend, the food is not free. We’ve updated this story to reflect that.)

A Detroit-based retailer of high-end goods will hold a party with food and music this weekend.

Shinola is scheduled to host a party “inspired by the classic American summer” in the Whitman-Walker parking lot across from 1631 14th St. NW this Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m., the company said in a press release.

During the event, attendees can munch on snacks from the Dog Tag Bakery and bring their pets along for the festivities, organizers said. The party will also feature free activities and other “seasonal treats.”

Michigan band Greensky Bluegrass is slated to perform during the party along with local group Howard Gospel Choir.

Shinola will also sell tote bags in collaboration with FEED during the event to benefit Forgotten Harvest, a Detroit nonprofit that feeds children and families in need.

by Tim Regan June 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

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It’s the most colorful time of the year.

Marchers are slated to cheer, dance and sing their way down streets in Dupont and Logan Circle Saturday afternoon as part of this year’s Capital Pride Parade.

The parade will begin at 22nd and P streets NW at approximately 4:30 p.m., according to organizers. This year’s parade includes 180 groups made up of floats, vehicles and locals on foot, all led by grand marshall Leslie Jordan.

Mayor Bowser, members of the D.C. Council and other local officials will march in the parade and participate in the festivities.

If you’re looking to catch the festivities this year, take note: Attendees usually claim spots along the route hours in advance to get an up-close look at the floats and to increase their chances of catching beads and candy.

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by Tim Regan June 8, 2016 at 8:00 am 0

Happy hour Borderstan

Like discounted drinks and food? Like a free Borderstan T-shirt? Like the work of co-editors Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan?

We’ve got some good news.

We’ve reserved the Hooch Room on the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan community happy hour tomorrow, Thursday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join Ramonas, Regan and other Borderstan staffers for $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers. We’ll also have Borderstan T-shirts for the first 15 people who show up.

This is an open invite. But we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP ahead of time.

If you have any questions, let us know by emailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by Alyse Mier June 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

Local Capriotti’s fans will have a shot to win a year of free sandwiches later this month.

The Delaware-based sub chain at 1800 M St. NW will celebrate the company’s 40th birthday on June 22 by slinging a year’s supply of Bobbie sandwiches to the first 100 customers who walk through the door, according to representative Shelby Lopaty.

Capriotti’s defines a year’s supply as 52 subs, or one for each week of the year.

The Bobbie, a sandwich made with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, is rumored to be among Vice President Joe Biden’s favorite sandwiches. Biden famously visited the shop at 1800 M Street shortly after it opened in 2013.

The chain will also dole out cards worth one free sub to the next 50 guests in line and give away $2 coupons to everyone else who eats there that day.

Photo courtesy of Capriotti’s 

by Tim Regan June 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

Photo via U Street movie seriesA Pixar film, a Tim Burton flick and a documentary on Shaw’s most famous checkers club will screen on U Street this summer.

The U Street Movie Series returns to the Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street NW) on July 20, organizers announced earlier this afternoon.

Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs on film nights.

Check out the full film schedule below:

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by Tim Regan June 3, 2016 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Donut fans line up in Dupont 2016

Want a free donut today? Hope you don’t mind waiting.

As many as two dozen people were spotted lining up for free donuts at the Dupont Circle Krispy Kreme (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW) around 9:30 a.m. today. And it’s likely to get crazier later, employees at the store said.

The donut chain is slinging free pastries all day today as part of its National Donut Day promotion. Patrons can visit any Krispy Kreme for a free donut of any variety, the company said in a press release.

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by Tim Regan May 13, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via EU Open House

Locals will be able to eat Spanish tapas and Luxembourg sausage, drink European wine and beer and “dance and sing like Latvians” for free tomorrow as part of an annual cultural event.

The “Shortcut to Europe” open house will let members of the public peek inside 28 European nation embassies in Dupont Circle, Kalorama, downtown and other parts of the Borderstan coverage area Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Many of the embassies also will have free food and other giveaways, a fact known by locals who line up before the event starts and try to hit as many embassies as they can throughout the day.

Last week, a similar open house event drew lines down the block at embassies across the area.

“Each embassy will open their doors to the public from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., offering a rare look inside the buildings,” reads the event’s website. “The day will provide a unique opportunity to experience the country’s cultural heritage and national traditions.”

Click here for a map of all 28 participating embassies.

Photo by Yuri Gripas

by Tim Regan May 11, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Twitter : Shaw YogaLocals interested in learning some new yoga poses might be wise to take advantage of a coming citywide event.

45 D.C. area yoga studios are slated to offer discounted or free classes between May 16 and 22 during D.C. Yoga Week, an “annual gathering of yoga and meditation practitioners and enthusiasts,” according to its website.

Participating venues include Corepower Yoga, VIDA Fitness, Yoga Heights Yoga District and Shaw Yoga.

The week will conclude with a free yoga gathering on the National Mall next Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Classes during the gathering include children’s yoga, an all-levels class and a primer on meditation.

Photo via Twitter / Shaw Yoga

by Tim Regan May 10, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Surfside fish taco photo via FacebookLocals will have the opportunity to learn how to fish while eating fish tacos on 14th Street this weekend.

Clothing and accessory store Filson (1534 14th St. NW) will host a “fishing + fish tacos” event at its store this Saturday at 1 p.m., according to its website.

“Celebrate the beginning of the fishing season with an afternoon of tips and advice from local pros, the event listing reads. “FlyTimesDC’s Remick Smothers, Kevin Huntington and Conor Donovan will be in the store providing insider information.”

Organizers will serve local beer and fish tacos from Surfside during the event.

Photo via Facebook / Surfside

by Tim Regan April 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo via Instagram : Golden Triangle

Farragut Square will once again become an outdoor office, a picnic spot and a film venue next month.

Golden Triangle BID is slated to kick off its annual Farragut Fridays series on May 6, the organization tweeted today.

On the schedule this year includes events by Wolf Trap, puppy adoption from the Washington Animal Rescue League, CPR training, jazz music and Friday night movies at sunset.

Golden Triangle BID regularly hosts events and happenings in and around the area between the White House and Dupont Circle.

The BID’s next event is its annual Earth Day celebration at the four corners of 19th and L streets NW this Friday.

Image via Instagram / Golden Triangle

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